Former senators Scott Ludlam, Nick Xenophon and Sam Dastyari announce the public interest journalism inquiry in May 2017.
The recommendations of the Senate inquiry into the future of public interest journalism are unlikely to get much traction, but the very real issues it was investigating remain unresolved.
Public interest reporting is often equated with watchdog or investigative reporting. But it can include other factual stories that serve the public interest.
Public interest journalism exposes corruption and wrongdoers, and holds the powerful to account. But it is increasingly under threat, and we need to find ways to protect it.
Staff from The Age protest Fairfax Media cuts in May.
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Imposing local content levies on Facebook and Google to help fund public interest journalism would take Australia towards a more European model of media regulation.
Culture depends on the conversations between artists and critics, audiences and researchers.
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Fairfax's plans to reduce arts coverage as part of 125 jobs to go put Australia's cultural enterprise in jeopardy.
Striking Fairfax journalists protest out the front of Parliament House, Canberra.
As the federal government looks to reform media ownership laws, the Australian media environment – in diversity and stability – is looking decidedly shaky.
With every round of redundancies, significant questions arise around the long-term viability of mainstream news media in Australia.
There is lingering anger among journalists made redundant that expertise and experience seem to have become disposable assets in newsrooms.
Fairfax Media journalists are on a week-long strike in response to the company’s latest round of staff cuts.
Imagine, for a moment, if there were no independent journalists left to decipher PR spin.
While there are legitimate grounds for critique of Section 18C, David Leyonhjelm’s ‘test’ case is not the ideal candidate.
David Leyonhjelm's complaint over being called an 'angry white male' could showcase the difficulty in launching a successful action under Section 18C and undermine an argument in support of repeal.
Chinese propaganda arms are offering tempting commercial arrangements.
There has been an odd silence around commercial deals struck between Australian media outlets and China's propaganda arms.
Fairfax’s print newspapers take different approaches to locking up content.
The AFR has one of the hardest paywalls in the business, but the evidence shows this strategy could prove difficult to maintain.
Quarterly circulation figures have not been good news for publishers, but Fairfax in particular has suffered.
Fairfax's circulation figures fall as staff are made redundant.
In this man’s day, Cooma had a thriving newspaper. Now it is gone – could the ABC step into the breach?
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The 130-year-old Cooma-Monaro Express is the latest newspaper casualty in a time of industry turbulence. Yet with local news more important than ever, could the ABC use its resources to bolster this key journalism sector?
Mark Scott has altered the ABC in profound ways.
Mark Scott will hand to Michelle Guthrie a much-transformed ABC – one that does the same things in very new ways.
The ABC could be used to support struggling sectors of the media environment.
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The ABC isn't to blame for the crisis in commercial media, but they could be part of the solution.
With depressing regularity I return to this column to talk about cuts to precious journalism capacity in Australia, usually at Fairfax. This week it’s the equivalent of 120 editorial positions consigned…
Media owners are likely to be the biggest beneficiaries of changes announced by Communications Minister Mitch Fifield on Tuesday.
Mitch Fifield has announced a shake-up of Australia’s media ownership laws. What rules are being scrapped? And what effect might their axing have on Australia’s media sector?
Domain and REA are going head to head, but what if one reinvented the game?
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Fairfax's Domain is closing the gap on its rival REA, in a game where there's usually one winner.
Have the darkest days passed for Fairfax Media?
Half year results for Fairfax Media suggest the company's digital strategy is taking shape.
Fairfax chief Greg Hywood has an ‘intense focus on cost reduction’.
The transition from print to digital will not be painless at Fairfax, or its global peers.
In a 2013 Monthly essay Eric Beecher warned of a looming “civic catastrophe” for Australia if the decline of newspapers continued as it had been in the preceding years. The Australian’s report on a Fairfax…